Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Adam "MCA" Yauch: 1964-2012

Click to read a tribute to Adam Yauch's life on beastieboys.com

I have been listening to the Beastie Boys' music for most of my life. I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Adam "MCA" Yauch to cancer on Friday. I loved his unique voice in both the literal and figurative senses of the phrase.

"Serious" music aficionados might consider my music collection woefully inadequate. For whatever reason, I never amassed the massive CD collections my sister and some of my friends had during high school and college. I was always more focused on visual art, and instead amassed a ridiculous collection of comics, art books and toys. But the Beastie Boys have been a mainstay in my modest collection for at least two decades.

Not my copy, but mine's snugly packed away for safekeeping.
The green cassette tape of Ill Communication lived in my car for many years. It was still riding along with me during college.

Nathan Rabin of The AV Club wrote on Friday:

Yauch’s life and career are a testament to the possibilities of emotional, creative, and artistic growth. A man who rose to fame peddling a proudly obnoxious form of adolescent nihilism grew up to be a man whose life and career were defined by idealism and integrity. Adam Yauch wanted to make the world a more compassionate, loving, and funky place. He succeeded. The world is poorer for his loss but richer for the contributions he made. 

My sincere condolences to Mr. Yauch's friends and loved ones.

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